Date: June – July – August 2017
location: Olafsfjordur, Trollaskaga, Iceland
Listhus Artspace announces a special 1-3 month art residency in a remote town in spectacularly beautiful northern Iceland. This residency is open to artists in all media and disciplines, including the professions (architects, engineers, builders, craftspeople, teachers, chefs, medics, historians, philosophers, etc. – any creative practitioner of any traditional discipline). Applicants are welcome with children, in couples, and as individuals. We are looking for people who don't usually identify as artists, as well as artists who've been that way forever. We want to incorporate unusual perceptions, approaches, and visions in our collaborations with each other and the people of the town.
The first aim of the Troll Project is to trollify the Troll Peninsula. The world pays enough attention to the elves and huldufólk of Iceland, but nobody celebrates the tröll, so artists of the Troll Project will manifest trolls all over greater Fjallabyggð. (Manifest - bringing something into being by encompassing its invisible characteristics and nudging it over into our world.) This project takes a quantum approach – changing reality by envisioning a different one – as we bring the worlds of humans and other folk closer together with our art.
What/who are we looking for?
Applicants should propose a public art project, a seminar/workshop, or some investigation or celebration featuring tröll, álfar, huldufólk, and other unseen beings. This proposal can (and perhaps should) be very vague, because the progress and success of any such project depends on the local people. Some projects will prove impractical, some will take several visits, some will need outside funding. Projects should ideally be designed as something artists can accomplish themselves with found materials. Project don't have to involve the public, and can simply be an extension of the artist's own practice, but should be compatible with the theme.
Projects can include troll murals on the walls of houses, human-sized stone trolls on the roadsides, tiny elf houses pasted up along the sidewalks, fanciful troll and elf direction signs crossing the landscape. Artists may choose to envision or track trolls and elves in the fantastic glacial valleys and into the mountains, along the surf-tossed shoreline or inside the harbor. More ambitious projects can include helping build a 5m stone troll statue on a vantage point above the town; designing and building a troll cave bus shelter; developing a tasting menu for troll-food cooking; writing/producing/directing a troll story film/play/musical. Projects are limited by your imagination, materials on hand, and the enthusiasm of people in the town. Artists will be expected to interact with the local people to find suitable locations and decide on appropriate images.
Ólafsfjörður is a small historic fishing village in the far north, traditionally very self sufficient and close-knit. That is changing as more and more tourists come to Iceland and into this historically isolated area. The larger aim of the Troll Project is to use art to start a dialog among the people of the town as they adjust to the influx of visitors, and encourage thinking about their options.
Applicants should be comfortable living in a very quiet, very small town in a very remote part of Iceland, with elf-filled landscapes all around but nowhere else to go, and no nightlife (except midnight hikes up hanging glacial valleys.